Zambezi flapshell turtle

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Zambezi flapshell turtle
Plastron with the peculiar hindleg flaps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Cyclanorbinae
Genus: Cycloderma
Species: C. frenatum
Binomial name
Cycloderma frenatum
Peters, 1854
  • Cycloderma frenatum Peters, 1854
  • Cyclanosteus frenatus Gray, 1856
  • Aspidochelys livingstonii Gray, 1860
  • Heptathyra frenata Gray, 1864
  • Heptathyra livingstonii Gray, 1864
  • Gymnopus subplanus Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Amyda subplana Fitzinger, 1843
  • Dogania subplana Gray, 1844
  • Trionyx frenatus Gray, 1856
  • Dogania guentheri Gray, 1862
  • Trionyx guentheri Günther, 1864
  • Potamochelys frenatus Gray, 1864

The Zambezi flapshell turtle (Cycloderma frenatum) is a species of softshell turtle (family Trionychidae). Within its family, it belongs to the smaller and exclusively Old World subfamily, the Cyclanorbinae.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in southeastern Africa, in the countries of Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, and mainly in the Zambezi basin.

Conservation status[edit]

This turtle is becoming rare due to habitat loss.

Head of a Cycloderma frenatum


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